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Go "Back to the Writing Well" to hear what inspires fiction writers Elizabeth Gaffney, Pat Conroy, and George Saunders.


One Blackbird at a Time

by Wendy Barker

Winner of the John Ciardi Prize for Poetry

Selected by Alice Friman


Winners, finalists, and judges for the 2015 New Letters Literary Awards: Click arrow below for details.  

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Kansas City Literary Events

Megan Kaminski & Jim McCrary

Lawrence, Kan.
Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Amanda Sellet & Rebekah Taussig

Lawrence, Kan.
Thursday, December 3, 2015

Caryn Mirriam-Goldberg

Kansas City, Mo.
Friday, December 4, 2015


Does Pope Francis Read New Letters?

One might believe Pope Francis had been responding to an essay by the biblical scholar and translator Willis Barnstone, “Is God A Jew? Is Jesus a Jew?”— from the summer 2015 edition of New Letters magazine...

Chekhov from Stage to Page Encore Performance

Back by popular demand, New Letters on the Air host Angela Elam will again moderate this live conversation and radio drama with Catherine Browder. She discusses her book of novellas in homage to Anton Chekhov, Now We Can All Go Home. Full details here.


Celebrate Baseball: A New Letters Special Issue

This isssue includes an interview with Buck O'Neil and writing by Ted Kooser and Dan Quisenberry + others.